Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Planting, Watering, and Pruning

Ladies, do you like to garden?


I have to admit that I most assuredly do not have a “green thumb”. However, I understand (a little) the concept of having a successful garden.

Maybe it can be summed up in three simple steps…

First, there’s the planting, tilling the soil, and putting the seeds in the ground. Also, there’s the watering; if we want our flowers and shrubs to thrive, they must be nourished with lots of H₂O. The third step (which I sometimes fail to do if I plant anything at all) is also extremely crucial, the pruning, which cuts away the deadness that can hinder the plants from reaching their fullest potential.

Hmmm……. this process also sounds a lot like our growth in Christ. Maybe I can sum up this very important process in three (sometimes not so easy) steps...

First, the soil is our hearts and the seed is His Word. We have to position our hearts to receive instruction from the Lord. This can be equated to the tilling process. Having a heart that is tender and teachable means striving to get out all of the “junk” that keeps the seed from taking root. Bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, anger, jealousy, strife, impatience, and things like these can hinder the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, from strengthening us in the Lord. We all need to “do business with God” often and ask Him to show us the “soil” of our hearts; then the Precious Seed, the Scriptures, can transform us more and more into the image of Christ.

Also, the watering is spending daily time in prayer and reading and meditating on the Word. None of us can live a life that's pleasing to our Father unless we spend that wonderful one-on-one time with Him, talking to Him and allowing Him to speak to us. What an awesome privilege to have access to His throne room, and we can call on Him whenever and wherever we desire. We also have His Word to teach us, train us, rebuke us, correct us, comfort us, and encourage us! His Word indeed does water our hearts, but we must be intentional to seek the treasures that are found there.

Finally, the pruning can be painful, but oh so vital to our walk with Christ. I have some things in my life, and you have some things in your life that desperately need to go! I love the metaphor of the vine and the branches that our Savior tells His disciples shortly before He goes to the cross. The Lord cuts away the evil, sinful, unrighteous elements in our lives that keep us from bearing fruit for Him. Sometimes, He uses trials and suffering as part of the process. It hurts! Yet, without allowing the Lord to prune us, we could never grow in Christlikeness without it.

Planting, watering, and pruning…our gardens need these essential elements, and so do our hearts!

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Saturday

 
If you are reading this, I consider you My Friend.......
 
Have a great day and may God Bless You!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fashion Statement

I was at a Ladie's Conference shortly after I first became a Pastor's Wife and the leading lady made a comment about how pastor's wives had to be careful because they set the fashion stage for what the other women of the church wears.

I'm here to tell you............if that is TRUE.......the ladies in my church are in TROUBLE.  You see...........I wear for comfort....and price.  So....I am pretty sure if you see me wear something and you would like to have one like it........too bad, because I purchased the last one on the "marked WAY down" rack....or Goodwill only had one.

That's just me.

It may stem from growing up poor.......my dad was medically retired when he was 32 years old, so they literally raised us on Social Security.  But, for whatever reason..........I am a bargain HUNTER.  I do like some nice things......but I can promise if you see me with any name brand anything.......I got a SUPER DEAL on it and would love to tell you about it.  Smile.

Over the years, many times my husband would ask me....after the fact....can't you just say thank-you when someone compliments what you are wearing?  Why do you have to tell them how "cheap" you purchased it.  I guess...........BECAUSE....I get excited when I find a bargain.

When my children were growing up...........it was a joke.  Our weekly meals were based on "the Sales Flyers".  If it was on sale.........we ate it.  If not........we waited.

There was 18 years when I was a stay-at-home mom and we lived off one small income.  Being thrifty was a necessity. At this stage in our lives...............we are both still working and do not have children at home,etc.......so we could afford more.............BUT....STILL....I AM A BARGAIN HUNTER.

No shame....just Fact!

I say all of this to say..............if the ladies in my church are relying on me to make a fashion statement.....................WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE!!!  What you see is what you get.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

GOOD Girl - BAD Girl

Okay, Ladies.....it's time to start getting out those "spring" clothes...........you, know........the ones that DO NOT have the bulky sweaters to hide behind.  Whewww......and I MEANT to shed the pounds BEFORE this time.

(Last year, I lost a lot of weight.  Since that time, 13 lbs. have snuck back on and I can't seem to get motivated enough to get rid of them.)  I am only 5'1" so 13 lbs. is a lot..........and I don't want my body to get use to those 13 and add 13 more and 13 more until ALL of the lost weight finds its way back.  :(

I know what I need to do.............but doing it is another thing.  I

t's just like in our spiritual lives...............we know WHAT do it....but DOING it is another story.

Anyway..............back to my "title"......last week I had done so well and was actually proud of myself and eating habits for the week when toward the middle of the week, I began to really want something "sweet".  You know that feeling.

I decided to be the GOOD Girl...............and I made my diabetic cake.  (1 box angel food cake mix + 1 large can of crushed pineapples packed in natural juices...........mixed together, poured into a 9x13 pan and cooked at the temperature the cake mix suggests....until brown.)  We ate the pineapple cake with lite Cool Whip and YUM.  It was light, but sweet and refreshing. 

I felt good about my dessert.  Roger even enjoyed it.

BUT....Saturday was colder and yulky and the BAD Girl wanted CHOCOLATE

I remembered saving a Facebook post from Patti's Restaurant in Grand Rivers, KY and looked it up to see what it required. 

Patti's Kentucky Chocolate Pecan Pie

And, wouldn't you know....I just HAPPENED to have ALL of the ingredients...........so what is a girl to do? 

Give IN to the BAD Girl and make that pie.

That may have been one of the worst decision of my life.

That pie was to DIE for..................it was soooooooo yummy..........so rich...........and sooo sinful.  The LAST thing I needed was to find SOMETHING ELSE I LOVED to EAT.

BUT.....being the BAD Girl that I am..........I decided to share the sinful recipe with you.....because we ALL know........misery loves misery.  Smile.

Seriously....Sisters........when a girl has just gotta have chocolate........this will hit the spot.

Patti's Kentucky Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs6 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp. vanilla
9" unbaked pie shell

Instructions:
Mix sugar and flour.  Add butter, blend well.  Stir in eggs, chocolate chips, pecans and vanilla.
Pour mixture into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 325 degree over 1 hour or till golden brown.

Note:  This is a very rich pie.  Great served with ice cream or whipped topping.





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NOT a PRIORITY

Who will lead us tomorrow?

What future does the church we know today have?

I have been thinking about this a lot.  Back when I was growing up....EVERYONE went to EVERY Revival at all of the neighboring churches EVERY Spring and EVERY Fall.

Sundays..............we went to church.  NO QUESTIONS.....NO EXCUSES.

Today...we can not even get the people to attend Sunday Morning regular....much less any other meeting time. 
  • The weather is too pretty
  • The weather is too bad
  • The fish are biting
  • The ball fields or courts are calling our names
  • It is our Family Day
  • It is our ONLY day off
CHURCH is NOT a PRIORITY to the MAJORITY of PEOPLE.

What example are we setting for the young folks who will be left to carry on the church of tomorrow?  They are not being taught that it is important.  They are being taught that EVERYTHING ELSE is MORE important.

I fear that the church we know today....will not exist when we are gone.

PRAY....PRAY....PRAY.....for the future of our CHURCHES
                                           for the future of our CHILDREN
                                           for the future of our GRANDKIDS


IF WE don't set the example...NO ONE WILL!





       

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Our Baby is 32!


A Special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our oldest......Kacie Lynn is 32 years old today.  We are so blessed.  She is a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, teacher and mom to our two grandchildren.

March 14, 1985.....changed our lives forever; made it even better.

Monday, March 13, 2017

DEATH....a Reward....

It seems as if when one person dies....more follow.  We have not had a funeral in our church in a while.  

A couple of weeks ago, one of our members lost his mom.  He was an only child.  The next week, we lost our oldest living church member....Mrs. Margaret Baker who was 91 years old and also another church member lost her granddaddy, who was the one that raised her.  This week another church member passed away and then, yesterday I posted about the pastor's wife that passed away from a stroke..............

Death is soooo hard on the ones left behind.  

And in the mist of our grief, we fail to stop and realize that if that person was a Christian..........they were just given their ultimate reward.  They are NOW walking the streets of Gold with, none other, but God himself.  How awesome is that?

We, being human, we want to keep everyone here forever.  I have a friend that keeps saying she does not want to die and does not want any of her family members to die.  She just wants the Lord to Come Back........and take them all at the same time.

If all of our family members are Christians....that would be WONDERFUL....

Unfortunately, we all have family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers or at least know  people who are NOT Christians.  They are not ready.  It is our jobs to take every opportunity we have to set an example and witness to them so that they will be prepared.